Family History

Toolis Family History

The surname Toolis was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, Richard Toly held a family seat at St.Thomas was descended from the original under-tenant shown in the Domesday census. Later records show Reginald Filius Toli branched to Lincolnshire in 1214

Descendants of Tuathalán’ (diminutive of Tuathal, people-mighty); the name of an ulster family who were originally seated in Inishowen, Co. Donegal. a branch of the family migrated in the 17th century, with the O’Donnells to Co. Mayo where they still flourish, but anglicise their name to Toolis and Thulis.


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